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ART WHORE
ryder_ripps
On 11/9/14 i spent the night at the Ace Hotel.

I was asked to be an artist in residence for a night in the hotel – which entails a free room for a night and a $50 allowance for art supplies.

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I decided for my project I would go on the Craigslist casual encounters section and hire a male and a female sex worker to draw whatever they wish. The title of this piece is ART WHORE, referring to my own involvement.

Beginning around 7pm I emailed about 60 people, both men and women.

The first response I got back was from the following ad –

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The response was as follows –

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Brooke arrived a bit after 9pm and drew for about 45 minutes, mostly on newsprint using the oil sticks I provided. Her drawings are below –

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Brooke said she really enjoyed the experience, described it as "surprising" and "therputic" to me when we were walking out. After Brooke had left, Jay was scheduled next. Both Brooke and Jay were the few people who replied and agreed to be a part of the project, there was very little selection on my part. Jay's original Craigslist post was –

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Our correspondence was as follows –

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Jay's drawings can be seen below –

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Jay also said he had a great time and we are going to keep in touch.

I ended up paying each $80 for about 45 minutes of their time drawing.

I spent the night in the hotel, when I woke up I left the two canvases that Brooke and Jay made in the hotel room –

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In the morning I had the following correspondence with the hotel staff –

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For full video documentation of the event see the following video which was captured on my computer webcam with full knowledge of Brooke and Jay –




http://ryder-ripps.com/Ryder%20Ripps%20-%20Ace%20Hotel%20-%20Art%20Whore.mp4


-Ryder Ripps

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